Vital Poker Questions about Limping Answered!

Would it be smart to limp in?

One common question that people ask is if it would be smart to limp in or not.

What is limping, anyway?

Limping would refer to simply calling the game’s big blind instead of raising or folding.
The first thing that poker teaches us is to be selective about the hands that we play. The worst thing that poker novices could do is play too many hands. Second of all, whenever you do play a hand, you should do so aggressively. Therefore, raising and betting would be smart if your hands are good.
 

Would limping in relate to these principles?

As with a lot of other things in poker, it would really depend on the overall circumstances.

When would limping in be recommended in Texas Holdem?

Positioning – whenever you find yourself in the middle or late position, you can let yourself limp in every so often. If you happen to be the first few players on the big blind’s left, there are high chances of you getting raised, though.

Table Norm – if the majority of the hands get raised pre-flop, there is no way you should limp unless your hand is great and you wish to raise the following raiser. If the majority of the hands are not raised, it would be alright to limp in.

Your Personal Hand – hands that you should want to use to limp in would be hands known as “hands that win a lot and lose a little”. Among such hands would be low pairs up to 6 and their suited connectors. If you have these hands and don’t get better on the flop, there is no way you can win the pot. But if you end up hitting good cards and get two pairs, trips, a flush or a straight, you will probably pay out.

No-Limit Texas Holdem vs. Limit Texas Holdem – with limit games of Texas Holdem, try not to limp in too often since you will probably limp in with average hands that don’t pay off in the long run when it comes to limit games. Within no-limit games of Texas Holdem, however, if you turn average hands into two pairs, trips, or other strong hands, you could win a huge pot, which will pay off for any loses. Therefore, it would be alright to limp in every once in a while.

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